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Swollen Members: Black Magic

For a band whose name should imply otherwise, Swollen Members' latest album is oddly flaccid.

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21 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Electrelane: Singles, B Sides and Live

Not only an opportunity for fans to get their mitts on hard-to-find material, but a damn fine 'Beginner's Guide to Electrelane' in the bargain.

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Third Wheel: On Account of the Atmosphere

Chicago’s Third Wheel was founded by two life-long friends, Jeremy Babcock and Shawn Schlag, who’ve been performing under that moniker for over a

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Inca Ore: The Birds in the Bushes

Inca Ore and Lemon Bear get together and put on a clinic in difficult listening.

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20 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

El Michels Affair: The PJs

Chef Raekwon gets the live treatment.

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20 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Matthew Herbert: 100 lbs

Matthew Herbert's re-issued 1996 debut is interesting from a historical point of view, but it's the bonus disc on this K7 release that's the major payoff

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20 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Jarvis Cocker: Jarvis

Jarvis is a deliciously dark, funny and acidic record that stands up to anything from Pulp's heyday. It's good to have him back.

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20 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Nanci Griffith: Rubys Torch

The Texas folkie with strings, completing her transformation into something studied and stodgy.

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The Figgs: Follow Jean to the Sea

Ten CDs and two decades into their cultish career, the Figgs parlay power chords, surging choruses and twitchy sarcasm into an exuberant pop rock cocktail.

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Fear Before the March of Flames: The Always Open Mouth

The Always Open Mouth is, more or less, an amalgam of separate ideas, none of which seem to pan out.

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Dizzy Gillespie: Night in Tunisia: The Very Best of Dizzy Gillespie

New one-disc compilation highlights Gillespie's RCA Victor recordings from 1946-1949, including his big-band bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz.

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Azam Ali: Elysium for the Brave

Plenty of beauty, but so much of it surface, this disc never quite coalesces into something with real emotion.

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Oxford Collapse: Remember the Night Parties

Brooklyn trio Oxford Collapse's first release with Sub Pop proves to be not only a bold venture of great depth, but also a fantastic party in itself.

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20 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

Daughters: Hell Songs

In which our heroes learn that one doesn't have to be screaming all the time to make great grindcore.

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19 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

Zombie Nation: Black Toys

Zombie Nation's new disc almost finds a place between indie-centric heavy metal disco and more commercial minded electro.

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19 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Hotspur: Beta

This is a debut? Somebody sign these guys already!

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19 Nov 2006 // 6:00 PM

The Weird Weeds: Weird Feelings

Rarely does an album with as little sound as Weird Feelings by the Weird Weeds require so much effort from listeners. Actually, few albums have

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19 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Game: Doctors Advocate

Dr. Dre appears nowhere on Doctor's Advocate, except in the title, the sonic influence of most of the beats and about 80 times in every track. Rarely, if ever, has a hip-hop record been so dedicated to an absentee who wasn't a corpse.

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19 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Natalie: Everything New

If you like disposable Top 40 R&B pop, Natalie's Everything New will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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19 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Thunderball: Cinescope

At times sounding like the soundtrack to a cool '70s spy film that never was, Cinescope by Thunderball is as eclectic as it is funky.

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